Field Trip Information

Please register for all these trips through the registration forms.

  1. Trans-Blue Ridge Field Trip June 19–20, 2010.
    Calcsilicate boudinsA two-day field trip that crosses the Blue Ridge in SE TN and SW NC will leave Knoxville on June 19 and return on June 20. Day 1 of the trip will follow U.S. 64 eastward from unmetamorphosed clastic and carbonate rocks at Parksville Dam on the Ocoee River in SE Tennessee to granulite facies rocks at Winding Stair Gap near Franklin, NC. We will see a classic Barrovian sequence of increasing metamorphic grade, and accompanying transposition and other changes in structural style, as well as cross several tectonostratigraphic terrane boundaries. Day 2 will begin in an active quarry in NE GA in the Rabun Granodiorite, a 335 Ma catazonal batholith in the eastern Blue Ridge, then we will turn north to examine some sillimanite grade block-in-matrix rocks S of Sylva, NC, which have been described as mélange. We will stop in Sylva to see some sillimanite II-grade amphibolite, then proceed northward to examine some of the Webster-Addie dunite. The amphibolite and dunite may be parts of a dismembered early Paleozoic ophiolite. We will then proceed to the Blue Ridge Parkway to examine rocks in eastern, central, and western Blue Ridge terranes exposed along the Parkway, then return to Knoxville through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The field trip leader will be Prof. Robert D. Hatcher, Jr., who has spent most of his professional life working on these rocks. Cost of the trip will be $275 per participant, with the size of the field trip limited to 46 participants. Because of limited space, preregistration is required for the trip.
  2. Spallation Neutron Source June 16, 2010.
    Spallation Neutron Source Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is home to two of the most advanced neutron scattering scientific research facilities in the world: the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). This tour will involve a visit to the newest of these, the SNS facility. SNS is a one-of-a-kind facility that provides the most intense accelerator-based pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and designed to serve scientists and engineers from national laboratories, universities, industries, and foreign institutions. The tour will be comprised of two main parts: a general overview discussion of the facility and associated science focus areas and a tour of the experimental hall that houses the various instruments used for neutron research. There are 13 instruments accessible to researchers through the user program; the facility is now more than halfway to the full complement of 25 instruments. Visit the SNS web site to learn more about what you will see in this tour. Note: A picture ID is required before departure to the Oak Ridge site (valid driver's license for US citizens or a valid passport for non-US citizens). Citizens of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, or Syria are not permitted on the Oak Ridge site. The tour is about 3 hrs long. Buses will depart on a staggered schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The cost is $20.
  3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park June 13, 2010.
    Sorry, this trip is now FULL
    Balsam Mountain Unguided hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Alum Cave Bluff. Shake off the jet lag, stretch your legs, and enjoy the terrain of a world biosphere reserve. The day trip takes you through the rhododendron and mountain laurel on the trail to Mt. LeConte. The trail is easy to moderate and can be hiked in sneakers. Cost is $30 and includes a box lunch.